Brook Hsu
Panic Angel

November 17 through December 22, 2017


Have you ever imagined your orgasm as the fluttering of wings?
Have you ever wondered why the Greeks called the soul the butterfly?

M.P .:
Maybe because it’s this incredible transformation? Most holometabolous wormy things don’t grow up to become so strikingly beautiful. They’re like the supermodels of the bug world. Each one is like Nature’s billboard. It’s funny to see highway billboards with creepy humans loaded with makeup and airbrushing and then a butterfly floats by...

omg yes so true

I mean, who will ever know, but I def see that

M.P .:
I guess both processes (holometaboly and the crap humans do to ourselves both physically, digitally, psychologically) involve visual transformation.

But there are all sorts of beautiful transformations that happen to a soul.
And maybe, like the butterflies, the beautiful part is that tiny fraction of the end of our

lives. And who knows—maybe it’s just as surprising and striking.
At★ the end
Remember they don’t spend most of their time on earth looking like that.

This new body of work brings together seemingly disparate stories and life events of fact, fiction and myth, in the form of paintings, sculptural clothing, and digitally printed fabrics. Inhabited by an unusual cast of characters from bunnies, butterflies, and the ancient Greek god Pan to her mother and Kim Kardashian, the artist continues her focus on the symbolic, the sentimental, the erotic, and the spiritual.

Brook Hsu (b. 1987) grew up in Oklahoma. Hsu received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2010 and her MFA from Yale University, New Haven in 2016. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including Carrie Secrist Gallery (IL), GRIN Contemporary (RI), Vernon Gardens (CA), BBQLA (CA), Tomorrow Gallery (NY), Page Gallery (NY), Vacant Farm (MO), Double Double Land (Toronto, Canada), and Galleri CC (Malmo, Sweden).

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